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Hear Here (Weekend Edition): Jesse Rose at Rise, Tiny Animals at Great Scott, Elizabeth Cook at Johnny D's

Posted by Michael Brodeur  March 18, 2011 02:05 PM

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FRIDAY: Jesse Rose at Rise

MTP036 Black Rose - Anthem Single by Made to Play

L.A.-via-Berlin producer Jesse Rose could have had his moment in 2008, when he accidentally coined the term "fidget house," but this prolific producer has been having moments all over the place since his 2009 breakthrough "What Do You Do If You Don't" dropped.

With his sinuous beats strung together with staples of vocal samples and clipped brass sections, Rose's take on house is wry, rhythmic and has a way of summoning feet to the floor. Right now he's preparing a new solo album and soaking in the love that his debut Black Rose EP with Henrik Schwatz is getting in blogland (hear "Anthem" above). Tonight, he'll make an appearance at Boston's beloved after-hours haunt, Rise. It's private, but you can get with the guest list here.

Jesse Rose on Facebook and Twitter.


SATURDAY: Tiny Animals at Great Scott

Tiny Animals, "Useless" (North Street Records)

Just what you need after a few rainy days and the first sun streaks of spring: sweet, sassy rock from this New York trio which appears neither small nor beastly. Tiny Animals cavort in the same power pop playpen as folks like Fountains of Wayne and shares some antic DNA with Blink 182 and their latest album "Our Own Time" is chock full of candied goodness. They play Great Scott tomorrow night. Everybody into the pool!

Tiny Animals on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.


SUNDAY: Elizabeth Cook at Johnny D's

Elizabeth Cook, "All the Time" (Thirty One Tigers)

Elizabeth Cook might just be the perfect hybrid of female country artists past and present. The proof is in this video for "All the Time," a spirited love-me-or-leave-me song from last year's "Welder." Cook's voice carries a bit of Dolly Parton's sweetness; the lyrics conjure Loretta Lynn's sass ("I don't like suspicion layin' in my bed/ Do you wanna wander/ Or do you wanna wed?"); and, if we're being frivolous, she's just as easy on the eyes as contemporary stars Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. See and hear for yourself when Cook comes to Johnny D's on Sunday night.

Elizabeth Cook on Facebook and Twitter.


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